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Stewart Yerton

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval

The state House passes a bailout plan that includes a hotel tax increase and an extension of the general excise tax surcharge.

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track?

The rail funding package passed by the Legislature requires an in-depth audit of the project, closer monitoring of spending and more financial transparency.

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Tax Increase To Rescue Honolulu Rail Project Heads To A Final Vote

UPDATED: The $2.4 billion measure now moves to the full House, where a final vote is expected Friday.

Lawmakers Skeptical That Hotel Room Tax Hike Would Hurt Hawaii Tourism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Skeptical That Hotel Room Tax Hike Would Hurt Hawaii Tourism

“That’s going to break the back of the industry?” one senator asks opponents of a plan to help bail out the Honolulu rail project.

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill

Hours before the special session begins, the mayor called for renegotiation of the proposed tax increases so “we don’t have to come back again.”

Rail Bailout Bill Requires Sweeping Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Bailout Bill Requires Sweeping Audit

But critics say lawmakers should wait for audit results before handing billions more dollars to the troubled project.

3 Things That Could Derail The Honolulu Rail Bailout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

3 Things That Could Derail The Honolulu Rail Bailout

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his City Council stalwarts are playing chicken with a political freight train.

Oahu’s Cheapest Source Of Power Is About To Go Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu’s Cheapest Source Of Power Is About To Go Away

How HECO plans to replace that electricity for Oahu customers is still unknown but Hawaii’s last coal-fired power plant intends to shut down in just five years.

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab

State lawmakers also want a thorough audit of the beleaguered project.

Why A New Hawaii Cargo Line Isn’t Such Good News For Locals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why A New Hawaii Cargo Line Isn’t Such Good News For Locals

Competition could spark a price war, but experts question whether Hawaii can support a third container fleet long term.